Solar Eclipse today – first time in decades. Here is a link so you can figure out when and where the best viewing is.
Pittsburgh Sports News didn’t hesitate to fire Tim Benz after his uber-critical tweet regarding James Conner’s first actions as a Steeler RB…
Here is that tweet feed of Benz’s
When discussing Conner’s 90+ yards in the game:
“It was against 4th stringers and he had two drops earlier.
“Conner must be stunned. May not be used to a crowd this big at Heinz Field.”
EJ Borghetti fired back with:
“The man had a chemo port in his chest 14 months ago but go ahead and belittle what today meant. https://twitter.com/timbenzpgh/sta”
I was just strolling through Pitt football stuff today when i ran across this question to Chris Peak in his Rivals Mailbag. Guess the author and win a free pair of Solar Eclipse glasses – mailed out to you tomorrow morning:
Sorry — again, but I had to ask an “Offensive Question” (lol) —- You sir have been around, and gotten to personally interact with Pitt Quarterbacks face-to-face and feel their Energy in the past… This brings a lot to the “IT-Factor” test (as every Big-Time Quarterback regardless of ‘Star-Ranking’ shows that “IT-FACTOR”) —- how do Max Browne, and Ben DiNucci seem in-person when they interact? Do they seem like they have the ‘Spark’, based on your personal-interaction, to be guys who can lead the Pitt team and excite the Supporters?? Thanks!!
Yeah – I’m sure it was one of us.
The “Pat Signal” went out last night for no apparent reason. Fans are thinking it is DL David Greene or LB Brian Asamoah. Who knows? Both 3* recruits.
We were talking about ACC money and Pitt’s share of it yesterday – here are some interesting facts – the donations list is old but still very accurate.
Now – Donors by school (into Athletic Departments) 2014
2016 Schools Expenditures on Football;
- Florida State (No.2): $42.46 million
- Notre Dame* (No. 4): $38.97 million
- Clemson (No. 10): $34.67 million
- Virginia Tech (No. 16): $31.15 million
- Miami (No. 25): $28.47 million
- Duke (No. 36): $23.47 million
- North Carolina (No. 37): $23.46 million
- Louisville (No. 38): $23.43 million
- Syracuse (No. 39): $23.22 million
- Pittsburgh (No. 40): $23.13 million
- Boston College (No. 48): $21.35 million
- Virginia (No. 51): $20.33 million
- NC State (No. 54): $19.19 million
- Georgia Tech (No. 61): $17.38 million
- Wake Forest (No. 63): $16.61 million
Here are the national top-grossing schools, note #10 Penn State :
10. Penn State — $125.7 million
1-year change: +6.9%
5-year change: +17.9%
Donations: $27.7 million
Licensing/Rights fees: $48.6 million
3-year avg. football revenue: $66.0 million
Now – wonder why PSU can afford $5.8 million per year for Franklin? Their apparel sales alone were approx. $23M – Pitt’s total ACC money for FY 16 was a bit above $24M I believe.
Pitt did get that $2M donation from the Guttmans right after Heather Lyke was hired – That money is strictly earmarked for the Football Championship fund and can be used for direct football costs such as recruiting, equipment, etc.
The school announced on Thursday morning it has received the single largest donation to the Pitt Football Championship Fund on behalf of Steven and Kathy Guttman. The fund “is used to enhance such critical areas as the student-athlete experience, facilities, recruiting and advancing technology,” according to Pitt’s statement.
Note that it cannot be used for salaries.